God’s Words Immortal Bible Study for the Word “Immortal”
Passage 4 Lesson 1
1 Timothy 1:17
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Are there differences in the meaning of the words “eternal” and “Immortal”?
Webster defined Eternal as Everlasting as God is eternal. Continuous; perpetual, (indefinitely); immutable, (unchangeable), as his eternal will.
Immortal per Webster means not mortal; meaning not subject to death; as man is mortal. A second meaning for mortal is─ deadly; fatal; A third meaning for mortal is─ very severe or grave; A fourth meaning for mortal─ wishing or involving a wish, to kill; as a mortal enemy; A fifth meaning for mortal─ Human; belonging to man as a mortal wit, (mental faculty or power of the mind); a sixth meaning of mortal─ of or relating to death or its occasion; as, the mortal hour.
I am going to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in this post. Most often I refer to research from other sources. Today I am feeling the Spirits prompting to share the small chapter of Jude, a portion of my morning devotion.
Jude gave readers of his letter a warning against godless men. His letter though written sometime around 65 A.D. sounds an alarm that is very applicable to the heretics, atheists, and agnostics of our modern age.
These modern day non-believers will do well to read heed and listen to the warnings of sin and doom Jude spoke of in his letter written shortly after the death of Christ.
His opening statement was an urgent reminder to the faithful seekers of God’s kingdom that godless men were seeking their destruction and the corruption of their faith in their eternal birth into the everlasting arms of God and his kingdom.
Jude says these heretics had changed the grace of our God into a license for immorality and had denied the saving power of Jesus Christ, ours, and the worlds only hope for escaping eternal torment in the lake of fire.
Jude reminded the saints to whom the gospel message had been entrusted, that Christ’s saving grace and his mercy is final, as is his judgment and the word of God is not subject to change.
Some individuals had come to think that salvation by grace nullified judgment and gave them license to disobey moral teachings.
Jude gave reminders of how the unchanging nature of a wrathful God meets out doom and certain destruction to those who trade his mercy for immoral, sinful, corrupt, shameless, depraved behaviors.
First he reminds them that God consistently destroyed the unbelieving Jews he had delivered from Egyptian bondage until they were all dead. Only their children and faithful Caleb and Joseph were allowed to live and enter the “Land of Promise”.
Second he reminds them of the angels who challenged the authority and power of God many of whom God has bound with chains for judgment before the Great White Throne.
The third of Jude’s illustrations of God’s consignment of eternal punishment on the unrighteous is his destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah for sexual immorality and perversion. His answer was destruction by pouring out “burning sulfur” a foretaste of the eternal fire that is to come.
Jude calls these godless men dreamers. Perhaps they claimed their behaviors were acceptable because of revelations they received, or more likely because of their passion they were out of touch with God’s truth and the reality of the Bible’s teaching. They even slandered celestial beings, a commission of blasphemy. This is an action heavenly angels though in a superior position, refrain from committing against inferior evil angels.
Other references made by Jude as a word picture of these godless men
describe them as abusive of anything they misunderstand, unreasoning animals, takers of the ways of Cain, (murderers), rushers for profit into the error of Balaam, (like Balaam they speak to and with God but have a worldly self fulfilling motive, rather than God’s sovereign will and purpose in mind.) They have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion. (Korah rose up against God’s appointed Prophet, Moses; his reward was death).
Godless men are: blemishes (flaws or defects); shepherds who feed themselves and ignore the feeding of the flock; like clouds promising rain having in reality nothing to offer; unstable and blown along by any teaching as by a wind; autumn trees without fruit and uprooted. Godless men and women are lukewarm without heat or cold, mediocre dead to right or wrong, unproductive and without foundation or ability to withstand buffeting; an uprooted fruitless tree that is uprooted or twice dead. The owner of the tree will have no use for a fruitless uprooted tree other than for use as firewood. Or perhaps cutting to pieces; Waves of the sea foaming up their shame wind tossed waves constantly churn up rubbish, so these godless men and women continually stir up moral filth; Wandering stars for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. As shooting stars appear in the sky only to fly off into eternal oblivion, so these godless men and women are destined for the eternal darkness and tortures of hell.
Jude then speaks of the Prophesy of righteous Enoch from the Godly line of Seth. The Lord and thousands of his holy ones are coming to judge everyone; the ungodly will be convicted for ungodly acts they have done and all harsh words spoken against God.
The character of these godless ones reveal them as grumblers, faultfinders, followers of their own evil desires, boasters about themselves, flatterers of others in pursuit of their own advantage.
“In the last times” (we have been in the last times since the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ; the next and final act on the church era is the return of Christ for the Church, Jews and Gentiles) There will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires. These are the men (and women) who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. ( A person who does not have the Spirit is clearly not saved. Romans 8:9─You, however, are not controlled by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, If the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ…read also vs. 10-11. You dear friends pray in the Holy Spirit. Seek and keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
Be merciful to those who are in doubt; Snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear (even in showing mercy one may be trapped by the allurement of sin).─hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. The evil are pictured as so corrupt that even their garments are polluted by their sinful nature.
To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy─ to the only God our savior be glory , majesty, power and authority through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages now and forevermore! Amen.
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I hope you know not think and are sure where you will spend eternity! God will not reward you for maybe!